The CMT330 is built better than the CMT230, and for that we applaud FPS. Certain touches like stronger rails, a PSU that installs from the back, a different motherboard tray design, all work together to up the strength game with this chassis. The look is similar to many top name product out there, without being identical, but the attention to adding things like a brushed metal finish, the metal power button, and the under glow of light that comes out of the front when powered are all things many will enjoy. The fact that the CMT330 is taller is also a huge advantage. With the CMT230, water cooling options in the top could be limited by choice of components used in the build. Not here, we had plenty of room for proper cooling solutions.
There is some bad to all of this, but the list is much shorter this time. We do feel that a wider opening for the expansion cards is needed. If only it were 2mm wider, we wouldn't feel like we have to try way too hard to do something that should be simple to do. The other thing is the lack of intake ventilation. While our 280mm AIO compensated for better results than we saw in the CMT230 build, the GPU was as hot as before. While the styling is on point, we do feel that FPS went with form over function with this front bezel. The last point we want to address is the PSU top cover. This is a plus and a minus to us. We like the idea, and we love the shiny cover. At the same time, it leaves no options for GPU power leads through it, and over time there is no doubt the cover will get scratched up.
What we have seen here has gotten us back to the feelings we had when we saw the CMT510. No, this chassis does not offer tempered glass all over the place like the CMT510, but there is a lot about this chassis to like. A solid entry into the market, even with a few things we would have done differently, at $79.99, we do feel there is value to be had. FSP shows that are trying, and moving away from entry-level designs is something we feel that FSP is a bit better at, and looking at the CMT330 mid-tower chassis is proof of that. All around, we feel that FSP has done enough to draw you to the chassis, and the ball is left in your court as to if the feature set delivered here is up to your standards, and can do what you need from a chassis.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The CMT330 from FSP has a lot to offer. It looks good, it is affordable, it is structurally sound, and with the minor changes we would have made to it, we still feel it is a worthy contender for your hard earned money!
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